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Text Publishing Company, May 16, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Longlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009.

Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local cafe (920); the number of poppy seeds on her slice of orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she'll take to finish it.

Grace counts everything, because numbers hold the worlds together. And she needs to keep an eye on how they're doing. Seamus Joseph O'Reilly (also a 19, with the sexiest hands Grace has ever seen) thinks she might be better off without the counting. If she could hold down a job, say. Or open her kitchen cupboards without conducting an inventory, or make a sandwich containing an unknown number of sprouts. Grace's problem is that Seamus doesn't count. Her other problem is, he does.

Addition is a stylish, moving love story. Grace is witty, flirtatious and headstrong. She's not a bit sentimental but even so, she may be about to lose track of the number of ways she can fall in love.

'Juicy and funny, just like its protagonist…this is a gem.' Sydney Morning Herald

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Books are supposed to make you feel, right? Sometimes you're supposed to come away optimistic about the human condition, sometimes you want to curl up in the tightest ball possible, lock your bedroom ... Read full review

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This was, by turns, funny and bittersweet. It's the story of a woman with severe OCD who is torn between being her genuine self and getting help to lead a more "normal" life. It is kind of a romantic ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. In 2006 she received a Varuna Awards master class for Addition. Her second novel, Fall Girl, was released in 2010. Toni now lives in Melbourne where she works as a freelance copywriter.

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